Toronto City Council is the governing body for the City. As part of the City’s legislative process, Councillors make decisions at Council, Standing Committee and Community Council meetings. Councillors also serve in City agencies and corporations. The role of City Council is described in the City of Toronto Act, 2006, c. 131.
The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget for City Council is $20.435 million gross and $20.355 million net. The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget supports City Council in fulfilling its mandates, with increased funding of $0.104 million for the potential 3 new wards taking effect on December 1, 2018.
- The City of Toronto government was created on January 1, 1998 as a result of legislation passed by the Province of Ontario merging seven municipal governments into one single-tier city.
- The term of Council is four years. The current Council term began December 1, 2014.
- Pending the outcome of an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), City Council has approved the addition of 3 wards effective December 1, 2018 and directed that the composition of City Council be one Councillor per ward pursuant to the ward boundary structure approved for the 2018 Election.
- Executes its legislative and administrative responsibilities and all powers are exercised through by-laws, except where otherwise permitted by legislation.
- Approves the City’s Operating Budget and 10-Year Capital Plan allotting resources to Council priorities.
- City Council uses a committee system to manage its legislative process and make decisions.
- Each City Councillor serves on the Community Council that incorporates their ward. The Mayor is a voting member of all community councils.
Statutory Role of City Council
The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget of $23.076 million gross and $20.471 million net for City Council will provide funding to support Councillors’ role as members of Council under the City of Toronto Act (COTA):
- Represent the public and consider the well-being and interests of the City;
- Develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the City;
- Determine the services the City provides;
- Ensure that administrative and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council;
- Ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the City, including the activities of the senior management of the City;
- Maintain the financial integrity of the City; and
- Carry out the duties of Council under appropriate Acts.
Our Key Issues & Priority Actions
- Adequacy of the Council Transition Reserves and the Council Furniture and Equipment Reserves:
- Continue to monitor the adequacy of the Council Transition Reserves and the Council Furniture and Equipment Reserve.
- Ward Boundary Review:
- Pending the outcome of an appeal to the OMB, City Council has approved the addition of 3 wards effective December 1, 2018.
- Budget provides funding for 3 new Councillors and 9 additional Councillor staff position equivalent.
2018 Operating Budget Highlights
- The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget of $23.076 million in gross expenditures and $20.471 million net provides funding for City Councillors to fulfill their statutory obligations.
- This represents an increase of $0.112 million or 0.6% to the 2017 Approved Net Budget through measures taken based on the following:
- Base expenditure reductions ($1.374 million), pending Council approval of changes to the Constituency Services and Office Budget Policy to effect the reductions;
- Revenue changes ($0.040 million net).